CENS Webinar Wed 7 April 2021 3.00pm – 4.30pm (Singapore Time)
Surveillance and Privacy during COVID-19 and the Next Normal
COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating digital transformation. Looking ahead to the next normal, there are concerns the use of surveillance technologies for public healthcare and public security could increase the risks to data security, privacy and public trust. At the national level, these concerns have implications on data-driven governance.
Dr Rachel Gong is a Senior Research Associate at Khazanah Research Institute (KRI) where she has been involved in research on gender inequality, unpaid care work, time use, and social housing. Her ongoing research focuses on digital policy, including digital inclusion, the digital economy, and digital governance. Her primary research interests lie in how digital technologies affect society, and her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Sociological Perspectives, the Journal of Consumer Culture, and the Journal of Technology in Human Services.
Dr Andrew Chen is a Research Fellow with Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures. He comes from a technical background with a PhD in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Auckland. His PhD research focused on the use of camera-based person tracking, as well as how we might use technology to help protect the privacy of people. Andrew also has a background in civics education and policy analysis, and is now using that to explore how we can bring technical expertise with other forms of evidence to form pragmatic and practical policy suggestions that can help our society find a path forward through the digital revolution.
Prof Ang Peng Hwa is Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he had served as Dean and Chair. Currently, he is editor of the Asian Journal of Communication. He was President of the International Communication Association in 2016/1017, the first Asian to be so elected. He was a member of 40-strong Working Group on Internet Governance that was appointed by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to prepare a report for the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society. His research interests lie in media law and policy and he has consulted on the subject for the governments of Singapore, Thailand and Bhutan.
Muhammad Faizal Bin Abdul Rahman is a Research Fellow at the Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS), a constituent unit of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. His research interests include influence operations, intelligence and counter-terrorism